Anti-Ageing Super Nutrients That Slow Ageing Process
Over the past century, dozens of ideas, theories and hypotheses have made their way through the halls of universities and laboratories around the world to understand the true mechanism of aging. Most of the so-called “causes of aging” come from internal sources such as the hormones, cells and sources of energy inside our bodies, which start to decline over time and cause the loss of energy, vitality and immunity, which we associate with aging.
There are also the ideas that focus on external causes of aging such as poor diet, stress, lack of exercise or physical challenges, contamination of our air, water and food supply, as well as the new modern threat – the toxic “chemical body burden” that accumulates in your blood. But all these influences, whether internal or external all point to one final pathway that determines how and why you age, and that’s the shortening of the telomere.
Deep within your DNA, located in the nucleus of each cell, are the building blocks of every cell in your body. At the end of each strand of DNA is a little bit of genetic material called the telomere. The telomere is the part of your chromosome that controls aging. And every time your cells divide, your telomeres get shorter. And when your telomeres finally run out, cell division stops and life comes to an end. In fact, the shorter your telomeres, the “older” your body is, regardless of your actual biological age.
Telomerase is the enzyme that “rebuilds” your telomeres. In our cells, this enzyme is “turned off.” Fortunately, there are a handful of nutrients that are proven to not only prevent the loss of the telomere, but to activate telomerase and rebuild the telomere. These nutrients include:
- Resveratrol: It is found in skin of grapes. Other sources include red wine, raisins, purple grape juice, peanuts, and mulberries.
- Green Tea: The extract of green tea, EGCG, has a powerful protective effect on telomeres.
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine: This potent amino acid is a building block of your body’s primary antioxidant called glutathione (GSH) and has the ability to prevent the death of cells by activating the human telomerase gene.
- Alpha Tocopherol: The most well-known form of vitamin E, alpha tocopherol protects against telomere shortening by activating and restoring telomerase.
- Gamma Tocotrienol: One of the four lesser-known forms of vitamin E, gamma tocotrienol can, modulate the length of the telomere possibly via telomerase.
- L-Carnosine: It an amino acid which helps preserve your telomeres. By doing this, it extends the life cycle of your cells.
- L-Arginine: A popular amino acid for improving blood flow, l-arginine increases telomerase activity by stimulating the production of nitric oxide (NO), the molecule that relaxes your blood vessels.
- Vitamin C: It was known that vitamin C prevented the loss of telomeres, but now new evidence has shown that it increases telomerase activity in specific stem cells.
- Vitamin D3: Vitamin D is well known for its ability to increase immune function and prevent cancer; but recent research shows that vitamin D also activates telomerase.
- Milk Thistle (Silymarin extract): This ancient, well-known herb is popular for detoxification and also as liver tonic; but was recently discovered to activate telomerase.
- Gingko Biloba: There is evidence to show that, ginkgo biloba extract significantly increased telomerase activity
- Folic Acid: This B vitamin is important for making the DNA found in your telomeres. A number of studies have shown that folic acid stimulates the activation of telomerase.
- Acetyl L-Carnitine: Studies suggest that acetyl l-carnitine, an amino acid, activates the human telomerase gene through a chain reaction that starts with the increase of Nerve Growth Factor